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  • Obama's tense relationship with Netanyahu colors his legacy on Israel

    Obama's tense relationship with Netanyahu colors his legacy on Israel

    After eight years of tense meetings, awkward public encounters and disagreement over key issues, President Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu are aiming to leave the impression that the relationship between their nations is on an even keel, much as they found it when they both...

  • Israeli military says Palestinian teenager killed after trying to stab soldier

    Israeli military says Palestinian teenager killed after trying to stab soldier

    Israeli troops shot and killed a Palestinian teenager in the West Bank early Tuesday after he tried to stab a soldier, the latest in a recent surge in attacks, officials said. Troops opened fire because the 16-year-old posed an “immediate threat” to a soldier stationed at a checkpoint set up at...

  • U.S. veterans support legal fight by Yemeni man whose relatives were killed in drone strike

    U.S. veterans support legal fight by Yemeni man whose relatives were killed in drone strike

    Three military veterans once involved in the U.S. drone program have thrown their support behind a Yemeni man’s legal fight to obtain details about why his family members were killed in a 2012 strike. The veterans’ unusual decision to publicly endorse the lawsuit against President Obama and other...

  • Dozens killed in multiple bomb blasts across Syria

    Dozens killed in multiple bomb blasts across Syria

    A wave of car and suicide bombings hit several government-controlled areas in Syria on Monday, state media reported, killing at least 38 people. The six explosions, all of which took place Monday between 8 and 9 a.m.,  struck Tartus, Homs, Damascus, Hasakah and Qamishli. Islamic State claimed responsibility...

  • Three bomb blasts hit Kabul, Afghanistan in one day, killing at least 35

    Three bomb blasts hit Kabul, Afghanistan in one day, killing at least 35

    Militants set off three bombs in the Afghan capital on Monday and engaged security forces in a gun battle through the night. Twin blasts near the Afghan Defense Ministry killed at least 35 people, including four Afghan soldiers and a deputy brigade commander, according to Gen. Muhammad Radmanish, deputy...

  • Islamic State has lost all territory along the Syria-Turkey border, Turkish news agency says

    Islamic State has lost all territory along the Syria-Turkey border, Turkish news agency says

    For Islamic State, the 500-mile border between Syria and Turkey has been the main gateway for arms and foreign fighters entering its self-proclaimed caliphate. Jihadis would fly to Istanbul, Turkey, then travel to remote hamlets in southern Turkey to be smuggled into Syria. But that passageway...

  • Pro-Trump campaigners open field office in Jewish settlement

    Pro-Trump campaigners open field office in Jewish settlement

    Republican activists in Israel are ramping up a multi-city effort to get out the vote for Donald Trump, with a special focus on expatriates living in Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank. The Israeli chapter of Republicans Overseas kicked off the settlement push on Monday in a home in...

  • As resources run dry, Syrian refugees cling to survival in Jordan's urban hubs

    As resources run dry, Syrian refugees cling to survival in Jordan's urban hubs

    Four hours at the Za’atari refugee camp — a stifling, dusty maze of tents and makeshift shelters 30 miles from the Syrian border — was enough to convince Abd Mawla Juma’a that his family had to move on. “There was no way we could stay in the camp,” said Juma’a, 37, who fled his home in Syria four...

  • Friday isn't just for prayers in Iran. For car enthusiasts, it's also race day

    Friday isn't just for prayers in Iran. For car enthusiasts, it's also race day

    Mahamad Reza Rohi ducked behind the door of his tricked-out Ford hatchback, slipped out of his street clothes and climbed into a red jumpsuit fresh out of the dry cleaner’s plastic. The guys in his pit crew — buddies from the Tehran suburbs — were making quick work of breakfast: cream cheese and...

  • Why Islamic State's Abu Muhammad Adnani was much more than a spokesman

    Why Islamic State's Abu Muhammad Adnani was much more than a spokesman

    Lone wolves and Islamic State’s most lethally trained operatives alike heeded his words -- and turned them into bloody deeds. Abu Muhammad Adnani, whose death was announced Tuesday by the extremist group, was a chief architect of its war against the West. He exhorted European-born fighters to commit...

  • Israel, U.N. exchange barbs over settlement-building and peace with Palestinians

    Israel, U.N. exchange barbs over settlement-building and peace with Palestinians

    A U.N. envoy’s statement suggesting Israel’s expansion of Jewish settlements presents an obstacle to peace with Palestinians distorts history, a spokesman for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Tuesday. In a report to the U.N. Security Council in New York, Middle East envoy Nickolay Mladenov...

  • Iran judiciary confirms member of negotiation team arrested

    Iran judiciary confirms member of negotiation team arrested

    A member of Iran’s nuclear negotiation team was accused of espionage activities and arrested, the country’s judiciary confirmed on Sunday. A spokesman for Iran’s judiciary, Gholamhosein Mohseni Ejehi, told a weekly news conference that a suspect had been released on parole but was still under investigation....

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